Scroll Stitch Step by Step Tutorial

At first glance Scroll Stitch does not look too exciting but it is one of those stitches where using different threads creates all sorts of interesting effects from a braid like stitch to a line of spaced knots.

Scroll stitch sampleYou can work it on a tight curve and looks good when used to define a disk. As you can see in the sample above I worked a series of scallops along a seam on a crazy quilt block.

Scroll stitch can be worked back to back to produce a heavy line or even lines stacked one against the other. This is particularly successful if you use a variegated or hand dyed thread because it can produce interesting texture and appearance as the colour shifts.

Scroll stitch is also known as single knotted line stitch.

How to hand embroider Scroll Stitch

Scroll stitch instructions step 1Work scroll stitch from left to right along the line.

Bring your needle out of the fabric on the left, move along the line slightly and insert your needle on the line in a diagonal position pointing left taking a small bit of the fabric.

Scroll stitch instructions step 2With the thread wrapped behind and under the needle, pull through the fabric. As you work along the line do not pull the loop too tightly.

Scroll stitch instructions step 3This sample was worked using perle # 5 cotton however experiment with threads as this stitch looks good worked in thicker threads or even a fine ribbon.

Novelty threads often work well with this stitch so do experiment a bit.

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14 Responses to Scroll Stitch Step by Step Tutorial

  1. Good evening! Another rainy day in Maryland. Here is my sample of Stitch 62. Thank you and have a great day.

    Mary ?

  2. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, My post for the stitch 62. Thank you all.

  3. Carol Harper says:

    I’m with Queenie! My scroll stitch reminds me of what a small child does when he/she “writes”! I can see aspects of a scroll here adn tehre but I think my tension was at fault…

  4. I hope this post has worked?

  5. I’ve just posted my sample of TAST 62 on my blog, a new stitch to me and quite a big sample too [for me]

  6. Angela says:

    I love this stitch! I look forward to using it in more blocks!

  7. Pamela says:

    This is another new stitch for me. My samples are at

  8. Annet says:

    I’m glad this stitch is part of TAST again. I stitched a sampler 4 years ago, but was not so happy with the result. I wrote about my old scroll stitches here:

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